[vcf-midatlantic] OT: modern cloud services

Tony Bogan thebogans at mac.com
Fri Nov 30 13:55:36 EST 2018

> On Nov 30, 2018, at 1:43 PM, Evan Koblentz via vcf-midatlantic <vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:
> I don't have a fraction of the IT experience that most of you do. I don't
> pretend otherwise.

Nor do I!
> However, as a tech journalist, I've been covering enterprise IT for 20
> years. I interview dozens of major corporate CIOs every year.
Just to play devils advocate, in this context that’s somewhat akin to saying “I’m not a doctor, but I play one on tv.” :p

Or more on point, that’s like the people who sail on the ferries every day, hundreds of times a year, and from observing and talking to the crew and captains begin to feel they “know” as enough to debate the topic of operating a large passenger vessel with those that do it.
(I’m not doubting you’ve gleaned far more info on the topic than myself, again I’m playing devils advocate but still making a real world comparison, one I’ve dealt with first hand in my career)

> Pretty much ALL medium/large corporations -- the Fortune 1,000 -- spend
> thousands or even millions of dollars annually on cloud services/storage.
> There are many reasons why they do it. None of those reasons include,
> "Because they're stupid."

And we all know the fortune 1000 have never made collectively bad decisions yes? I also have a family member who was in the upper echelon of two of those Fortune 500 companies for nearly 4 decades....ohh the stories he can tell!!

> I chuckle a little when I read comments from people who think they know
> better than all the massive international conglomerates whose budgets fuel
> the many-billion-dollar cloud computing industry.
See my previous response. But to expand, like the decisions made by one or more multi billion dollar companies to back certain technologies that failed in spectacular fashion? Or those that followed the leaders right down the tube say in banking or manufacturing choices or internet bubble.....I’m sure you get the point.

Many massively stupid decisions in multi billion dollar industries (and those other multi billion dollar industries that either supported or relied on them) have been widely publicized throughout modern history.

I like to fall back to “mom’s” favorite saying.
Just because your friends are doing it doesn’t mean you should.” 


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